Inside Interfaith Alliance: Welcome, Sana!

Sana SaeedInterfaith Alliance is pleased to welcome our newest staff member: Sana Saeed.

We welcomed Sana Saeed as our LEADD Coordinator in May, and she has hit the ground running!

In 2008, Sana completed a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Virginia. Previously, Sana worked as the Director of Youth Programs at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA), Va., managing social justice, spiritual and service programs for 200 high-school and middle-school youth. While working at the UUCA, Sana was also the consulting Program Manager for the Interfaith Youth Action Group (IYAG), an initiative of the non-profit 9/11 Unity Walk and ML Resources Social Vision. Sana is currently a board member of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.

Sana worked previously as the Campus Program Coordinator for the American Islamic Congress, with a focus on creating multi-cultural and interfaith student groups on college campuses. The project, called Project Nur, was located in both Washington, D.C., and Boston. Her work was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal in an article she co-authored on the impact of Project Nur on Muslim students on college campuses across the East Coast.

She also has worked as a Program Associate at Clergy Beyond Borders, an organization that aims to build bridges between clergy of different faiths and train them to promote religious pluralism. Early in her career, she worked with the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution as a Graduate Research Assistant, focusing on development.

She’s been featured on local Voice of America radio stations, speaking about interfaith youth organizing. She also has presented her college research on Muslim women as peacemakers, at the Salaam Institute for Peace and Justice, the DC Green Festival, and the University of Massachusetts. She discussed the theme of crossing the faith border, as a panelist and presenter at the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Justice General Assembly. She also spoke at the July 2012 North American Interfaith Network’s annual conference in Atlanta.

She’s also currently working with the Unitarian Universalist Association to co-author a youth curriculum on anti-racism and multiculturalism, entitled, Building a Beloved Community. The curriculum is being designed to introduce high-school students to anti-racism organizing in their communities.

In her spare time, Sana likes to travel and blog about her adventures, which have recently been commented on by the Travel Channel and published in Go Gallivanting, an online travel magazine for women. She volunteers with friends to host a fundraiser at the Hillyer Art Space Voices Organizing for International Change, Empowerment and Support (V.O.I.C.E.S) to help raise funds for organizations supporting youth activism globally that use hip-hop and the arts as tools for empowering youth.